Initial & Ongoing Health Screening - Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis - PrEP Health

Essential Screening while on PrEP

Initial and ongoing Prescriptions for PrEP by PrEP Health’s Dr. Tanner are for 90 days duration. It is essential to initiate and continue the PrEP Prescription that you  are screened for HIV before a new prescription is dispensed.

It is also important for your ongoing PrEP prescription that Kidney function is screened. Dr. Tanner refers a Urea, Electrolytes and Creatinine (EUC) for testing Kidney (renal) function. Your kidneys will be monitored ongoing to promote your sexual health.

However, it is also essential to get a  wider sexual health check (STI Test) as well, especially if you are sexually active. It can help you keep an eye on your sexual wellness.

Which tests are included in the initial and ongoing sexual health check?

  • Blood test

    At the pathology collection clinic, the licensed pathology collector will draw a small sample of blood from your arm. The blood would be sent to a laboratory to test for STIs like HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis A, B & C. A Kidney EUC is also tested on your blood. HIV and kidney screening are absolutely essential to the prescribing of PrEP.

  • Swab test

    Throat and anal swabs are listed options for sit testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. This is to be done at the collection clinic, by patient self-collection, a cotton swab gently against the parts for testing. You SWAB YOURSELF. The swab will be sent to a laboratory to test for STI.

  • Urine Test

    Urine PCR testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. You will be asked to provide a sample of urine in a small container. The sample will be sent to a laboratory to test for urinary infections and STIs.
    For the Urine Test – the first part of your urine stream is to be collected.